Water being poured through a funnel into a bottle.
An example of funnel is what people use to add motor oil to their car without spilling.
- an instrument consisting of an inverted cone with a hole at the small end, or a tapering or cylindrical tube with a wide, cone-shaped mouth, for pouring liquids and powders into containers that have small openings
- a thing shaped like a funnel
- a cylindrical smokestack, as of a steamship
- a chimney or flue
Origin of funnelMiddle English fonel from (prob. via an Old French form) Provençal fonilh, enfonilh from Classical Latin fundibulum, infundibulum, a funnel from infundere, to pour in from in-, in- + fundere, to pour: see found
transitive verb-·neled or -·nelled, -·nel·ing or -·nel·ling
- to move or pour through a funnel
- to form in the shape of a funnel
- to move into a central channel or to a central point
- a. A conical utensil having a small hole or narrow tube at the apex and used to channel the flow of a substance, as into a small-mouthed container.b. Something resembling this utensil in shape.
- A shaft, flue, or stack for ventilation or the passage of smoke, especially the smokestack of a ship or locomotive.
verbfun·neled, fun·nel·ing, fun·nels, or fun·nelled fun·nel·ling
- To take the shape of a funnel.
- To move through or as if through a funnel: tourists funneling slowly through customs.
- To cause to take the shape of a funnel.
- To cause to move through or as if through a funnel.
Origin of funnelMiddle English fonel from Provençal fonilh from Late Latin fundibulum from Latin īnfundibulum from īnfundere to pour in ; see infuse .
(third-person singular simple present funnels, present participle funnelling or funneling, simple past and past participle funnelled or funneled)